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Cross the Line


Physical: hand-eye coordination, reaction time, gross motor skill

Cognitive: sustained attention, selective attention, visual processing

Social: awareness of physical space, taking turns (if doing activity with other children)

Number of participants:

1 or more


  • medium-sized ball OR basketball
  • 6+ cones OR chairs


  1. children dribble throughout the gym, changing dribbling hands each time they cross over a line

Adaptations for Wheelchair Users:

Children can dribble the ball with their hands while sitting in their wheelchair. When changing hands to dribble, children can pass it over their lap.

Safety tip: ensure children using wheelchairs have appropriate wheelchair skills to maneuver their chair and a ball simultaneously

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the task:

  • have the child catch the ball after they dribble past 4 lines to decrease physical and cognitive demand
  • instruct the child to only switch dribbling hands over all the [fill in the blank] coloured lines to decrease physical demand

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task:

  • have the child run while dribbling to increase physical and cognitive demand
  • instruct the child to switch dribbling hands by having the ball cross between their feet to increase physical and cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • I will be able to switch dribbling hands at least 4 times when crossing the gym, from one end to the other
  • I can dribble the basketball with one hand across the gym